As I have discussed in previous blogs, fertility preservation for cancer patients is very expensive and it is rarely covered by insurance. Cost is the primary barrier for why cancer patients do not preserve their fertility before undergoing lifesaving, yet potentially sterilizing, treatments. One cycle of IVF is on average $12,400 and estimates for ovarian tissue cryopreservation range from $5,000-$30,000. Furthermore, annual storage fees for frozen gametes and embryos can run up to hundreds of dollars a year. For many, especially while in the midst of a life-threatening health emergency, these costs are prohibitive, and future fertility is left to chance.
Legislation, however, is currently being considered in New York State that could change this situation. SB7219, authored by State Senator Diane Savino, would alter the current infertility mandate in New York to include coverage for standard fertility preservation services needed by those facing possible iatrogenic (medically-induced) infertility due to treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.
If you are a resident of New York and care about this issue, please contact your state representative to let them know how important this is for you! By bringing together voices of patients, professionals, and families we can help make this change.
How You Can Get Involved:
If you are a cancer
patient, survivor or family member who has been touched by this issue, please
submit your email here:
If you are a healthcare
provider serving patients in New York who would be positively impacted by this
coverage, please submit your email here:
Time is of the essence! All
communications should be submitted by June 2nd if possible; the last day of the
NY legislative session is June 16th.